Maria Spathi obtained her diploma degree in History and Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, followed by a doctorate in Classical Archaeology at the Bayerische Julius-Maximilians University in Würzburg. She has extensive experience from numerous fieldwork projects and have worked in various departments of the Greek Ministry of Culture and the Archaeological Service. She was also employed as a Lecturer in Crete and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Rostock. Her current research focuses on the material culture of the wider Greek world. She mainly works with archaeological sources and within this vast field, she has specialized on material from ancient sacred sites, and discussed their interpretation in relation to the archaeological context, specific rituals, and textual evidence.